Vacationing is a luxury not every American can afford.
Most parents slave away at their day jobs, scrimping and saving so they can have a few days available to them each year to take off. Then when they do take off — for the summer or during the holidays — they have to keep it simple, staying at home or visiting relatives.
The cost of airline travel, gas, hotels and recreation can be astronomical for a husband, wife and several children. They can easily spend thousands of dollars over the course of a few days. So it stands to reason that few Americans take vacations on a regular basis, or even every year.
But that’s not true of our First Family, who over the last eight years, took regular vacations to some of the nicest places in the country.
The price tag though, that we all paid, will shock you.
From McClatchy DC:
As America’s first family enjoys its eighth and final vacation in Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas’ annual trip at $3.5 million or more.
In total, the cost of the the first family’s personal or largely personal travel during the last eight years comes to $85 million – though that is likely to climb to $90 million after additional records are released, according to the conservative group Judicial Watch based on federal government records.
And you thought a trip to Disneyland was expensive. Reports attribute the huge price tag to costs of Air Force One and other government transportation such as helicopters, cargo planes, and armored cars.
That’s not to mention extensive Secret Service protection, communication, and medical staff.
“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”
The president travels a lot. That much is acceptable. Yet should the American people pay for the significant costs related to vacationing and fundraising events for political allies?
The costs associated with protecting and supporting the president will always be high. It’s necessary for when he travels overseas to represent our country, relies on top security to keep himself and his staff safe, and utilizes resources to do his job. But I don’t think most Americans want to stomach $85 million dollars just so Obama can romp on the beach. Will we see reform on how much the president spends on vacation travel during the next administration? Let’s hope so.
Source: McClatchy DC